Newsletter | June 7, 2012

06.07.12 -- How Tough Is Your Capsule?

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How Tough Is Your Capsule?
By Bob McGregor, General Manager, Brookfield Engineering
Hard and soft-shell capsules are utilized in large quantities every day in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical plants around the world. R&D departments engineer the capsule design to hold up under various forces — from the time that ingredients fill the capsule, through the packaging process, to the moment when the consumer puts it into their mouth and either bites down or swallows. Read more.

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The Challenge Of Measuring Powder Flowability

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The Financial Advantages Of Purchasing Used Equipment And Investment Recovery Services
By Matt Hicks, COO, Federal Equipment Company
The loss of a patent for a branded drug product leads to opportunities for generic-biopharmaceutical manufacturers. Once a blockbuster drug reaches the end of its branded lifecycle, generic manufacturers will gear up to produce lower margin copies.


The Benefits Of Isolator And Aseptic Processing
By Gary Partington, Walker Barrier Systems
Isolators have been around in the pharmaceutical industry since the early 1980s and in the nuclear industry in the form of glovebox technology since the 1950s. The intent of isolators is to create an airtight barrier or enclosure around a piece of equipment or process which provides absolute separation between the operator and product.


Track And Trace In China
By Yuxiang Zhang, Staff Engineer, COVECTRA
Track and trace technology has significant value for both industry and society. Both Chinese industry and the government are increasing efforts to promote the establishment of a reliable, safe traceability system.

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Setting New Standards In Disintegration Testing
The DisiTest 50 automatically detects the disintegration time of tablets and capsules in full compliance with current Pharmacopeia. Visual monitoring of the disintegration process by the operator is not required.


Microdialysate Microbore Analysis Of Catecholamine And Metabolites
The analysis of catecholamines and their metabolites from brain microdialysates poses three technical problems: the small sample size generated by this sampling technique, possible low levels of target analytes, and the need to elute an array of compounds in a reasonable period of time.


Key Elements For Success: Implementing PAT In An Oral Solid Dosage Plant
PAT (process analytical technology) and QbD (Quality by Design) are the current buzzwords in the pharmaceutical industry, claiming to reduce waste, increase reliability and quality, increase production yields, and finally, to reduce costs.


MC6 Field Calibrator And Communicator Brochure
Beamex MC6 is an advanced, high-accuracy field calibrator and communicator. It offers calibration capabilities for pressure, temperature, and various electrical signals. The MC6 also contains a full fieldbus communicator for HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, and Profibus PA instruments.

Industry News

Dr. Reddy's, Merck Serono Announce To Develop And Commercialize Biosimilars
Basic Concepts In Cleaning And Cleaning Validation For GMP Regulated Industries
Lilly Phase III Study Results For Common Type Of Lung Cancer
Abbott Announces Initiation Of Phase 3 Study Of Endometriosis Treatment
Declining R&D Budgets Drive Outsourcing Of Drug Discovery Functions
ShockWatch, Timestrip UK LTD To Develop And Distribute Latest Cold Chain Indicator Technology
Bausch + Lomb Completes The Acquisition Of ISTA Pharmaceuticals
Optel Vision Will Demonstrate Its Latest Technology For Track And Trace At Achema In Germany
Polynoma Commences Phase III Melanoma Vaccine Clinical Trial
Particle Sciences Expands Its cGMP Capabilities With The Addition Of Thin Films
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Tablet Coating Challenges
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Datasheet: LKH Multistage Centrifugal Pump Series
CSI provides Alfa Laval centrifugal pumps, which are designed for premium efficiency. The LKH Multistage Centrifugal Pump series is available in standard, multistage, high-pressure, and high-purity models.

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Mark Feher talks to Lori Clapper about the pending FDA regulations on serialization for 2015 — who it will affect, as well as when and how to prepare for the challenges ahead.

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